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'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011', David Hockney
In his most recent exhibition, David Hockney brings contemporary art right up to date. If you visit the Annely Jude Fine Art Gallery on Dering Street between now and the 12th July, you will be able to see his interpretation of The Arrival of Spring. At first they appear to be nothing more than pen drawing, - very skilled and beautiful ones - but Hockney did not use felt tips. Not did he use paint, pencils, or crayons. In fact, he did not use any art materials whatsoever. So how did he create these woodland images?
They were all done digitally on an iPad. I must admit that until now I have always been a bit sniffy about tablet art. I didn't really consider it proper art, thinking that the computer did most of the work. But I'll hold my hands up and say I was wrong. Using a tablet isn't really any different than making graphic art on Photoshop, in fact it is probably more challenging.
Hockney's digital paintings look hand drawn, have great depth, and he uses colour to create shading very effectively. These sixteen images of Woldgate, East Yorkshire have been printed on paper, and put on display alongside nine video clips that show the low progress through a snowy wooded landscape.
You will also be able to see how Hockney explores Spring without using colour, with a series of charcoal drawings. It is difficult to accomplish the bright, sunny feel of the season when working entirely in black an white, but what Hockney found more demanding was keeping his impatience in check. He decided to draw scenes at different periods, and found the waiting game for the change in scenery agonising.